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File #: 2015-2064    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed Finally
File created: 9/28/2015 In control: Committee on Finance and Law
On agenda: 9/29/2015 Final action: 10/13/2015
Enactment date: 10/13/2015 Enactment #: 669
Effective date: 10/21/2015    
Title: Resolution establishing a Wage Review Committee to review the impact of increasing the wages of service workers and service employees in the City of Pittsburgh.
Sponsors: Reverend Ricky V. Burgess, Bruce A. Kraus
Indexes: MISCELLANEOUS

Title

Resolution establishing a Wage Review Committee to review the impact of increasing the wages of service workers and service employees in the City of Pittsburgh.

Body

 

WHEREAS, A City For All Agenda strives to make Pittsburgh a livable and affordable city for all residents; and

 

WHEREAS, A City For All Agenda includes living-wage jobs for all Pittsburgh workers; and

 

WHEREAS, a substantial number of service workers employed in our City’s anchor industries are receiving wages insufficient to provide adequate maintenance and to protect their health; and,

 

WHEREAS, such employment impairs the health, efficiency, and well-being of those so employed; and,

 

WHEREAS, in many instances, these employees are not only eligible for but require public assistance subsidized by taxpayers to supplement these low wages; and,

 

WHEREAS, employing workers at such low rates of pay injures the overall economy; and,

 

WHEREAS, City Council desires to have a better understanding of what healthy minimum wages for workers employed in these sectors are; and,

 

WHEREAS, in order to effectively achieve this goal, Council will seek guidance and expertise from residents and stakeholders, 

 

Be it resolved that the Council of the City of Pittsburgh enacts as follows:

 

Section 1:  Council hereby establishes a Wage Review Committee, consisting of, at a minimum, the following members:

 

1.                     The Member of Council who chairs Council’s Committee on Human Resources;

2.                     An expert in the causes of poverty and the problems of the poor;

3.                     A Community development specialist.

4.                     

Section 2:  The Wage Review Committee shall prepare a report to Council detailing its findings regarding the wages of service workers in anchor industries.

 

Section 3:  The Wage Review Committee shall hold public sessions to take testimony and gather information.

 

Section 4:  The Wage Review Committee’s report shall be filed with the City Clerk.